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4 Wide Promotions partnership takes charge of IMCA weekly racing at Hancock Co. Speedway

first_imgBRITT, Iowa – Friendships forged at the track led to the partnership that will promote weekly race programs this season at Hancock County Speedway.4 Wide Promotions will be in charge of Friday shows featuring IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts.“We’re really excited. It’s a new venture for all of us,” said Josh Omans, who partners with Brian King, Kyle Roose and Doc Sande. “It’s going to be pretty sweet to be back at the race track every weekend.”Roose will be the race director and Sande will work with sponsors and in the VIP booths, while King and Omans handle a myriad of chores on both sides of the track.Omans drove for Sande during his own career, which included stints in both the sanctioned Modified and Late Model divisions. King and Roose are co-owners of the Midwest Dirt Kart Challenge series.“This was something we had talked about for a while. This time the timing was right and we put a proposal together for the fair board,” Omans said. “Last fall we did a lot of painting, bleacher repair and dirt work. We want to get the track racy top to bottom, especially off turn two. We have done quite a lot of work on the banking.”While returning to ‘traditional’ Friday night racing, Hancock County Speedway continues lengthy associations with IMCA as well.IMCA Modifieds and Stock Cars both run at Britt for a 19th season in 2017 while IMCA Hobby Stocks return for the 16th season on the 4/10-mile oval. Hancock County has sanctioned the Northern SportMods since 2010 and the Sport Compacts since 2013.Hancock County is part of IMCA’s Side Biter Chassis North Central Region for Modifieds, the EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region for Stock Cars and the Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region for Hobby Stocks.“Keeping the IMCA classes was always in our plans,” said Omans. “It’s what the fans expect and what the drivers expect.” The MaxYield Seed Northern SportMod Nationals are June 20 and the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour comes to town for the June 27 Salute to Veterans event.A trio of Modified specials at Britt wrap up a rich weekend of IMCA racing in northern Iowa in August. The Night of 1,000 Stars is scheduled Aug. 10, the Night of 10,000 Stars on Aug. 11 and the All Star Race on Aug. 12.last_img read more

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Senior departures leave hole at LB

first_imgJust like the quarterback position, the Wisconsin linebackers will be battling all spring for spots on the depth chart.[/media-credit]While a lot of focus this spring season will be directed toward the Wisconsin quarterback and running back positions, there also are several defensive positions with question marks.Among those is linebacker, where the Badgers will be without the services of graduating seniors Jonathan Casillas and DeAndre Levy, as well as Elijah Hodge, who has decided to forego his fifth year in favor of graduating in May.Replacing the two starters and three seniors will be a tough challenge for the Badgers over the next five months before the 2009 season kicks off.“Those three guys — Dre, JC and even Hodge — all made a lot of tackles last year,” linebacker Jaevery McFadden said. “But, there’s not really a lot of pressure. I feel like this year we’re just trying to get back to the basics of being a physical, dominant team.”“It’s exciting this spring with JC and DeAndre Levy leaving,” linebacker Blake Sorensen added. “Guys need to step up, and right now my name’s being called, so it’s a lot of fun. We’ve just got to try to get better this spring and improve.”Enter juniors Sorenson and Culmer St. Jean alongside redshirt senior McFadden — who led the team in tackles with 84 as a starter in 2008 — into the starting lineup for Wisconsin.As the current No. 1 unit at linebacker for Wisconsin in spring ball, Sorenson, St. Jean and McFadden also are the only Badgers with starting experience at the position. As a result, the questions of depth and youth at linebacker come into play.“As far as depth, there’s guys that don’t really have that experience,” McFadden said. “But we’ve got a lot of good guys that can really play. They just need to get the playbook down and the basics of the defense to make our depth that much more reliable.”Sorenson, a 6-foot-1-inch native of Eden Prairie, Minn., has been a reliable special teams player for the Badgers over his first two seasons while seeing some time at linebacker, but with the opportunity to enter the season as a starting outside linebacker, he knows he must make the most of it.Not only is it Sorenson’s chance to prove he deserves the starting role, but with a lack of depth at linebacker, Wisconsin will need Sorenson to play a big role defensively in 2009.“It’s really important; the guys are counting on me to do well, and I also put a lot of pressure on myself to do well,” Sorenson said. “I just try to come out and compete every day to try to get better.”The 6-foot-1-inch St. Jean also played a lot on special teams last year for the Badgers before recording a career-high nine tackles while seeing extensive time at linebacker against Cal Poly and starting against Florida State in the bowl game.St. Jean will replace McFadden at middle linebacker this season, forcing the redshirt senior to the outside and earning not only the pressure of starting, but also the added weight that comes along with playing in the middle of the Badgers’ defense.“In my eyes, I see it as the quarterback of the defense,” St. Jean said. “I’m just trying to improve and take that leader role and make plays.”And though two-thirds of the starting lineup is different than it was at this time a year ago, the players don’t feel like the situation they find themselves in is really much different.“Nothing has really changed,” St. Jean said. “I played with [Sorenson and McFadden] before as the twos, so the chemistry is there and the communication is there. The only difference now is that we’re in the starting roles.”As the only senior starting linebacker, McFadden has had to step up into a leadership role as well with the departure of Casillas, Levy and Hodge. For the 6-foot-3-inch native of Riviera Beach, Fla., the transition has been one of actions more than words.McFadden has made an effort to be a leader wherever he can, from what he does on the field to the little things, like cleaning up after himself in the locker room.“I’m just trying to be a leader in everything I do,” McFadden said. “Everybody is looking at me to lead with me being the oldest guy here now, and I think actions speak louder than words. So, I’m just basically trying to do the right thing all the time.”Additionally, as the elder statesman of the group, McFadden has had the opportunity to watch both Sorenson and St. Jean develop over the last two years, giving him a good perspective on their respective strengths and weaknesses.Sorenson and St. Jean showed what they could do Saturday in practice — the first with full pads — as they both recorded interceptions during drills against the first-string offense.While the interceptions may not count for much in spring ball, the opportunity to pick off their own quarterbacks gives the linebackers an extra sense of confidence.“We have a big play chart and a bad play chart, and we always compete,” St. Jean said. “Any time you can get your name on that big play chart, you get a little bragging rights and you can talk a little smack to the opposite side of the ball, so it’s fun.”For McFadden, the key to both players is their wealth of game experience despite this being the first year in a starting role.“Blake is a good guy — he does a lot of good things,” McFadden said. “And even though this is his first year starting, I think Blake will surprise people with what he can do.”“Culmer has a lot of game experience, but this is his first year starting out starting,” McFadden continued. “He showed what he can do in a couple games last year, and I think those two guys are going to pick up right where JC, Dre and Hodge left off.”last_img read more

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